Olympic Games 2016 in Rio – now these words are almost every person talked about. Because this topic is so popular, I think it is necessary to talk about the Olympic Games and their champions.
These famous sport competitions have come from the ancient Greece, where they were held in honor of Zeus, chief god of the Olympian. Athletes from across the country gathered in Olympia on the river Alpheus to compete with each other and show their strength, courage and endurance.
Today’s athletes also compete with each other to show who is the best, but not in the 6 sports like ancient athletes, but in 33 sports, including 52 disciplines. We admire their strength and courage. But what is behind these exciting results? What does it take to become an Olympic champion? Of course, hard work, dedication, believing in your abilities and being unstoppable in the pursuit of a skill.
Sports psychologist, Ph.D., Jim Afremow in his book «The Champion’s Mind» says that the secret of success lies in our mind. “Physical ability alone rarely translates into a superior on-field performance. Even naturally gifted athletes who want to perform to their total potential need outstanding physical and mental strengths because their secret to great performances is not their innate athleticism or technical skills – it’s their mind,” Afremow writes.
As people say, “champions have a mind immersed in virtue” – they are confident and bold, not afraid of defeats and failures and learn from them, they act stubbornly going to the goal. They have a passion and desire to succeed; they go beyond their comfort zone and show us that everything is possible.
So if you want to succeed in your chosen field, despite it – sports, music, science or business, you need to correctly adjust your mind and fortitude. As well as Olympic champions do.
Here are 7 great quotes from Olympic champions.
“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them”. — Picabo Street, gold-medal skier
“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get” — Michael Phelps, gold-medal swimmer
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis, USA track and field gold medalist
“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” ~ Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnastics, gold-medalist
“Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.” – Kerri Walsh, beach volleyball gold medalist
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali, USA boxing gold medalist
“Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” — Nancy Kerrigan, bronze and silver-medal figure skater